European Parliament Strips Le Pen of Immunity

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was stripped of her European Parliament immunity from prosecution because of a judicial investigation in France into the posting on her Twitter account of images of murders by Islamic State.

The European Union assembly voted by a show of hands on Thursday in Brussels to make the move against Len Pen, who leads the far-right National Front and is ahead in polls on the first round of France’s presidential election in April. The EU Parliament’s legal-affairs committee recommended on Feb. 28 that she lose her immunity.

The 28-nation EU assembly acted on a request made in October by French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas in connection with an investigation being conducted by the Nanterre Regional Court.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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